New Beginnings Hires Sara Grasso as Homeless Services Director

New Beginnings is pleased to announce the addition of Sara Grasso, MFT as the agency’s first Homeless Services Director. The […more…]

New Beginnings Establishes Financial Assistance Fund for Veterans with the Help of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

New Beginnings is honored to announce its partnership with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 33-4 to provide a financial […more…]

New Beginnings

When COVID-19 first closed down in-person meetings, everyone hurried to figure out online opportunities. But New Beginnings Counseling Center (NBCC) […more…]

A New Beginning for Santa Barbara’s Most Vulnerable

While New Beginnings’ work began with its counseling services more than 50 years ago, it has grown into a countywide […more…]

New Beginnings


We provide mental health counseling to low-income community members and end homelessness for individuals, families, and veterans throughout Santa Barbara County. Through four core programs, we serve approximately 2,000 people each year.

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“It is tragic that mental illness and homelessness are so prevalent. Fortunately, our community has the resources and ability to address these issues head on. What we need is an organization to guide us. New Beginnings’ leadership has the expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and compassion needed to make real and long-lasting change in our community. I urge you to join me in advancing the mission of this wonderful organization.”
– Honorable Susan Rose

Safe Parking Goes Countywide

Every night about 150 people living out of their cars find a safe haven in scattered church, business, and nonprofit parking lots each night. The program keeps a low profile, with no more than one to fifteen clients at a site. They are in at 7 pm and out at 7 am.
New Beginnings is expanding Safe Parking into northern Santa Barbara County, where the needs are acute and growing. The agency spends roughly $1,000,000 on the program per year. An initial government grant is providing seed funding for the expansion, so New Beginnings is seeking charitable donations and grants of at least $250,000 to build program capacity.

Board of Directors

Jacqueline Kurta, LMFT, PsyD, President
Dan Engel, Vice President
Ziad Elkurjie, Treasurer
Mark Cardona, JD, Secretary
Lloyd Dallett
Steve Baird
Coby W. Dillard, MA-HSC
Terence Ford
Karen Kelly
Lindsay Morris
Diane Pannkuk, MBA
Guy Smith

Advisory Council

Alberto Arroyo
Jim Baxter
Marc Borowitz
Patty Bryant
Brynn Crowe
Patricia Duffy
Allan Ghitterman (In Memoriam)
Mary Howe-Grant, PhD
Karen Lehrer, MFT
Seymour Lehrer
Mike McCarthy
Bruce W. McRoy, JD
Fred Morguelan, PhD
Hon. Susan Rose
Marilyn Rickard Schafer
Das Williams
Michael Young
Maria Zate